Photo Credit: David Buimovitch / Flash 90.
An Iron Dome air-defense battery set near the southern Israeli city of Ashdod fires an intercepting missile during the 2014 mini-war between Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas terrorist group.

An Iron Dome defense system intercepted on Thursday an unidentified aircraft that took off from the Gaza Strip.

The Red Alert warning siren did not go off in the vicinity.

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“The vessel did not cross into Israeli territory and was monitored by the Air Control Unit throughout the incident,” the IDF stated.

The last time a similar incident occurred was in November 2021.

Gaza-based terror organizations have in the past attempted to penetrate Israeli airspace with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and Hamas has been working on developing aircraft that can be used for surveillance or attack missions.

This incident occurred just hours after troops manning an Iron Dome battery defending Israel’s northern border launched on Thursday interceptors at an aircraft that turned out to be an Israeli Air Force (IAF) drone.

The interceptors missed their target.

The incident set off Red Alert sirens in parts of the north.

The IDF stated that “due to a misidentification, the air defense troops fired interceptors and an alert was triggered.”

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Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.